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Verna Gillis' one older woman's TALES FROM GERIASSIC PARK - On the Verge of Extinction won best comedic script in 2014 at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC.
Her most recent book is The I of the Storm.
She is the founder/director of SOUNDSCAPE (1979-1984) which was the first multi cultural performance venue in NYC.
At different times she managed the careers of Yomo Toro, Youssou Ndour, Salif Keita , Carlinhos Brown and Roswell Rudd.
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TheColony Tales Flickr Film
Psycho Loco by Jennifer Maidman & Verna Gillis feat. Annie Whitehead, Jerry Marotta, John Medeski
Winner of the Funk Fusion category at the 2020 NY Independent Music Awards, Psycho Loco is a collaboration with storyteller and lyricist Verna Gillis. Verna wrote the words and I wrote the music. We had so much fun making this song. It features Annie Whitehead on trombones, Jerry Marotta on drums and percussion and John Medseki on Hammond B3 organ. I sang and played bass, piano and guitar. I made this video on a Samsung A70 Android phone using Power Director and Rotorvideo. Most of the final editing was done sitting in seat 17D on a Norwegian airlines Boeing 787. Technology which only a few years ago would have been beyond our wildest dreams. The track was recorded initially at my studio and Annie's place in Margate UK, and then at Jersville and Dteamland, Jerry's studios in Woodstock NY. It was engineered by Ariel Shafir. We mixed at Dreamland it was mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road in London. Download and buy the track now at bandcamp.maidmangillis.com For Jennifer Maidman go to jennifermaidman.com Verna Gillis go to vernagillis.com
My Truth About Aging
Joe's Pub August 14th - presented buy Generation Women
AWESOME & GRUESOME by THE OLDERS - A Ranthem
Dance to lyrics about cancer, mortality, love and loss with Roswell Rudd, 81, and Verna Gillis, 74. We all know about awesome and gruesome one way or another!
Awesome & Gruesome Shuffle
and the finale of our Awesome & Gruesome exploration with the joyous life affirming low tech authentic classy elegant wonderful tap dancing as part of the music